14/10/2018 13:35 BST

I’m really not looking forward to writing this, or am I, anyway but here goes the rant!

What the fanboys want you to know about NodeJS?

  • Its JavaScript, the ability to work with the same language on frontend and backend.
    • Like being a polyglot a bad thing, I beg to differ. I know Go, PHP, SQL and JavaScript, I had exposure to Python, Ruby, Java, C and C++ and I had thought about learning C# and Rust.
  • That its fast and highly scalable.
    • This is very debatable. If I read correctly, its good with IO but not with computation scalability. Why not pick a language that is good with both? Like Go for example.
  • That its very easy to write code with.
    • Maybe for a small to medium application, but what about a very big application?
  • That it’s highly accessible.
    • That is true, I can’t argue with that. JavaScript is practically in every web browser.
    • Keep in mind you can use any language with any VPS such as DigitalOcean and there is also Web Assembly, that currently in it’s infancy, but will get better with time.
  • That it’s hugely popular and has a good ecosystem.
    • But popularity does not make it a product of exceptional quality, a highly popular product can be badly thought out. This logic can be applied to other product such as MySQL and PHP 😁
    • Good ecosystem? I thought the ecosystem was a game of Jenga; I get to the package manager in the next section.
  • They like to point out that there are big companies using NodeJS, such as PayPal, Walmart, NASA and Uber.
    • Yet, there is barely any job opening for nodejs in those companies, there mainly job opening for Java Dev, even if there were opening for node, it’s mainly for frontend. 😂😂😂
20/09/2018 18:41 BST

A little while ago, I have implemented a JSON feed for my blog entries, I could of also implemented RSS and Atom as well, but I really want to avoid using XML because of its complexity so instead of that of just have JSON feed, to be frank I hate XML with a passion.

It’s live at https://www.cj-jackson.com/feed.json all working nicely. It’s was easy to implement, soo easy I can show you the source code in Go.

package frontJsonFeed

import "time"

const (
	Version1 = "https://jsonfeed.org/version/1"

	ContentType = "application/json"

type Feed struct {
	Version     string `json:"version"`
	Title       string `json:"title"`
	HomePageUrl string `json:"home_page_url"`
	FeedUrl     string `json:"feed_url"`
	Items       []Item `json:"items"`

type Item struct {
	Id            string     `json:"id"`
	Url           string     `json:"url"`
	Title         string     `json:"title"`
	ContentHtml   string     `json:"content_html"`
	DatePublished time.Time  `json:"date_published"`
	DateModified  *time.Time `json:"date_modified,omitempty"`

func CheckTime(t time.Time) *time.Time {
	if t.IsZero() {
		return nil

	return &t

If I build an API, it’s will also be in JSON, as it’s is the future, I would rather stop idling with the past, that is XML.

I left a hint on one reason of the reasons why I would never consider buying a Mac!!

09/09/2018 20:27 BST

I thought I shared this video, the way how Kat Zien explains the structuring the code is quite similar to how I structure my code.

I honestly did not think about the Hexagonal Architecture while I was writing well structured code and it is pretty much inline with that architecture, in terms of code maintenant.

I do agree with Kat on using init function, they can cause issues especially while running the test, it’s can accidentally initialise the database connection especially if you’re using continuous integration such as Travis CI, where is no database, there two ways on getting around that either you use build tags or better yet avoid using init functions, with something like a context system like ctx (That the tool I use for dependency injection for this site, it’s pretty cool, no yaml or xml to worry about, like you do with symfony, sorry couldn’t help it. 😀)

As for mocks instead of using subpackage, I would rather use a new build tag // +build debug and use a double extension *.mock.go, I find it’s cleaner that way; I also use that convention with sql *.sql.go and html *.html.go so I can easily identify where html and sql are later on without the build tag of course. 🙂

The biggest API I’m using on my site is redis, using that api for the entire site would of been a very bad idea in my humble opinion, because I would find it’s very difficult to create a mock for that API and also if they stop maintaining the API, than I would have to replace the API for the entire site, that not fun, so instead I created a small API in front of the big API, than use the small API for the entire site and it’s also easier to create a mock for the small API and if they do stop maintaining the big API it’s will not have big impact, because I only have to update the small API and that it. 👍

I find writing good code, self documenting, maintainable and the most important part fun, fun fun! Who can’t say no to that? 😉

Lately I decided to experiment with Web Assembly just to get the feel of the concept, on my first impression it’s was very nice. What I did is written a wasm app to interface with jQuery and use go html/template system, it worked, it fetches data from html using jQuery, fed it to the template than return rendered html back to jQuery and place in the #box.

package main

import (

func JQuery(args ...interface{}) js.Value {
	return js.Global().Call("jQuery", args...)

const htmlTemplate = `
<h2>{{ .Forename }} {{ .Surname }}</h2>

func checkAndUpdate(event js.Value, tpl *template.Template) {
	type context struct {
		Forename string
		Surname  string
	buf := &bytes.Buffer{}
	tpl.Execute(buf, context{
		Forename: JQuery("#forename").Call("val").String(),
		Surname:  JQuery("#surname").Call("val").String(),

	JQuery("#box").Call("html", buf.String())

func ipAddress() {
	res, _ := http.Get("https://icanhazip.com/")
	b, _ := ioutil.ReadAll(res.Body)

	JQuery("#ipAddress").Call("text", strings.TrimSpace(string(b)))

func main() {
	tpl := template.Must(template.New("template").Parse(htmlTemplate))

	JQuery("#forename, #surname").
		Call("on", "keyup", js.NewEventCallback(js.PreventDefault, func(event js.Value) {
			checkAndUpdate(event, tpl)


	select {}

As awesome, as it is, I wouldn’t get too excited yet, the only issue I have at the moment is the file size, it’s 9 megabyte or 1.5 megabyte compressed, but I’m confident that the gophers will get this issue fixed in future release of go.

Web Assembly IMHO, has got serious potentials for the future.

Source Code Web Assembly

It’s was fun experimenting with WASM. The idea of using binary inside a web browser is great.

10/07/2018 22:34 BST

While I was in progress of creating the admin panel for this site, I needed something I can rely on for form validation, I did try to have a look at other solutions online, I honestly did not find them suitable for my needs. So I decided to write my own solution.

All it’s is really is just a raw value validator, I find that it’s works quite well even for the most quirkiest of form or even an array of multiple form. On this site each blog post has multiple component, each of them have their own validation rules and each component has a hash and it’s suffix to the form field, so it’s does not conflict with the other component.

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